If you give a toddler some home-made peppermint scented play dough, he will start by making a bunch of balls.
You will give him a garlic press and he will make LOTS of spaghetti. Then he will want another tool.
You will hand him your wooden rolling pin and he will roll the play dough flat.
He will want to stick something on it. You’ll hand him some lace.
He’ll press the lace in but want something “better” to push in. You’ll pull out the holiday stamps and he’ll stamp away.
5 minutes later he will pronnounce that he is done, but you’ll hand him some treasures. (aka beads)
He will push those treasures into the dough and cover them with more dough for a game of bead hide and seek.
This game will repeat again and again and again, until he decides that throwing the beads on the floor would be much more fun.
You’ll hand him a Santa card. He will start pressing playdough on Santa then announce that he is really done.
This post was inspired by the book If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. We read it together right before our marathon playdough session which lasted over an hour!